Kicking the Canon

The Film Canon (1950 – 1999)

February 19, 2013

A Note on Selection and Organization Criteria: The films in our canon were categorized according to the year of their U.S. theatrical release and the distributor behind it—except in cases where a.) the time between the film’s international release and its U.S. one exceeded five years, or b.) the film never received a U.S. theatrical release at all. Those films were instead categorized by the year of their earliest, at least semi-verifiable theatrical release, and the distributor behind it (if available). On the other hand, if a film never received any confirmed general theatrical release , domestic or abroad, in the five years following its IMDB listed year, it was deemed ineligible. That means that some great works from the world of the avant-garde, in particular, were excluded, and that certain other masterpieces that languished without distribution, like Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep and Jacques Rivette’s Out 1, also missed out (though Rivette’s Out 1 Spectre is here). It also meant that music videos, YouTube content, television series and movies, etc., could be excluded with fair reason—a line had to be drawn somewhere. Generally, films were selected for this canon based on their critical regard, their subject matter, their historical relevance, and/or popularity. As such, not all films in our canon are great, or even necessarily goodThey are, however, in our estimation, important: worthy of time from any discerning viewer who seeks to understand and appreciate the medium.


1999

  1. All About My Mother / Pedro Almodóvar (Sony Pictures Classics)
  2. Eyes Wide Shut / Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.)
  3. The Matrix / The Wachowski Brothers (Warner Bros.)
  4. Magnolia / Paul Thomas Anderson (New Line)
  5. Toy Story 2 / John Lasseter (Buena Vista)
  6. Rosetta / Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (USA Films)
  7. Fight Club / David Fincher (20th Century Fox)
  8. Topsy-Turvy / Mike Leigh (October Films)
  9. The Sixth Sense / M. Night Shyamalan (Buena Vista)
  10. Blair Witch Project / Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez (Artisan)
  11. American Beauty / Sam Mendes (DreamWorks)
  12. The Insider / Michael Mann (Buena Vista)
  13. Three Kings / David O. Russell (Warner Bros.)
  14. Run Lola Run / Tom Tykwer (Sony Pictures Classics)
  15. Late August, Early September / Olivier Assayas (Zeitgeist)
  16. After Life / Hirokazu Koreeda (Artistic License)
  17. Being John Malkovich / Spike Jonz (USA Films)
  18. The Straight Story / David Lynch (Buena Vista)
  19. New Rose Hotel / Abel Ferrara (Avalanche)
  20. The Iron Giant / Brad Bird (Warner Bros.)
  21. Princess Mononoke / Hayao Miyazaki (Miramax)
  22. Perfect Blue / Satoshi Kon (Manga)
  23. Election / Alexander Payne (Paramount)
  24. A Moment of Innocence / Mohsen Makhmalbaf (New Yorker)
  25. The Dreamlife of Angels / Erick Zonca (Sony Pictures)

1998

  1. The Thin Red Line / Terrence Malick (20th Century Fox)
  2. Taste of Cherry / Abbas Kiarostami (Zeitgeist)
  3. Fallen Angels / Wong Kar-wai (Kino International)
  4. The Big Lebowski / Joel & Ethan Coen (Gramercy)
  5. Blade / Stephen Norrington (New Line)
  6. Babe: Pig in the City / George Miller (Universal)
  7. The Flowers of Shanghai / Hou Hsiao-hsien (Shochiku)
  8. Mother and Son / Alexander Sokurov (International Film Circuit)
  9. Armageddon / Michael Bay (Buena Vista)
  10. Saving Private Ryan / Steven Spielberg (DreamWorks)
  11. The Celebration / Thomas Vinterberg (Scanbox Danmark)
  12. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Terry Gilliam (Universal)
  13. Funny Games / Michael Haneke (Attitude)
  14. Ringu / Hideo Nakata (Ace)
  15. The Last Days of Disco / Whit Stillman (Gramercy)
  16. Buffalo ’66 / Vincent Gallo (Lions Gate)
  17. Rushmore / Wes Anderson (Buena Vista)
  18. Happiness / Todd Solondz (Good Machine)
  19. Beloved / Jonathan Demme (Buena Vista)
  20. Enemy of the State / Tony Scott (Buena Vista)
  21. Fireworks / Takashi Kitano (Milestone)
  22. The Hole / Tsai Ming-liang (Lucky Red)
  23. The Eel / Shinji Imamura (New Yorker)
  24. Inquietude / Manoel de Oliveira (Atalanta)
  25. Xiao Wu / Jia Zhang-ke (Hu Tong)

1997

  1. Titanic / James Cameron (Paramount)
  2. Boogie Nights / Paul Thomas Anderson (New Line)
  3. Happy Together / Wong Kar-wai (Golden Harvest)
  4. The Sweet Hereafter / Atom Egoyan (First Line)
  5. Starship Troopers / Paul Verhoeven (Sony)
  6. Jackie Brown / Quentin Tarantino (Miramax)
  7. Crash / David Cronenberg (First Line)
  8. Underground / Emir Kusturica (New Yorker)
  9. Goodbye, South, Goodbye / Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Shochiku)
  10. Irma Vep / Olivier Assayas (Zeitgeist)
  11. Shall We Dance? / Masayuki Suo (Miramax)
  12. Face/Off / John Woo (Paramount)
  13. La Promesse / Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (New Yorker)
  14. Conspirators of Pleasure / Jan Svankmajer (Zeitgeist)
  15. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control / Erroll Morris (Sony Pictures Classics)
  16. 4 Little Girls / Spike Lee (Home Box Office)
  17. Kundun / Martin Scorsese (Buena Vista)
  18. Lost Highway / David Lynch (October)
  19. The Game / David Fincher (Polygram)
  20. L.A. Confidential / Curtis Hanson (Warner Bros.)
  21. Gummo / Harmony Korine (Fine Line)
  22. Eve’s Bayou / Kasi Lemmons (Trimark)
  23. My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument / Arnaud Desplechin (Zeitgeist)
  24. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion / Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki (Toei)
  25. Ponette / Jacques Doillon (Arrow)

1996

  1. Breaking the Waves / Lars Von Trier (October)
  2. Secrets & Lies / Mike Leigh (October)
  3. Chungking Express / Wong Kar-wai (Rolling Thunder)
  4. Fargo / Joel & Ethan Coen (Gramercy)
  5. Scream / Wes Craven (Dimension)
  6. Life, and Nothing More… / Abbas Kiarostami (Mongrel)
  7. The White Balloon / Jafar Panahi (October)
  8. Dead Man / Jim Jarmusch (Miramax)
  9. When We Were Kings / Leon Gast (Gramercy)
  10. Mission: Impossible / Brian DePalma (Paramount)
  11. Independence Day / Roland Emmerich (20th Century Fox)
  12. Romeo + Juliet / Baz Luhrrman (20th Century Fox)
  13. Ashes of Time / Wong Kar-wai (Block 2)
  14. Vive L’Amour / Tsai Ming-liang (Strand)
  15. Comrades: Almost a Love Story / Peter Chan (Gordon’s)
  16. From the Journals of Jean Seberg / Mark Rappaport (Planet)
  17. Bound / The Wachowski Brothers (Gramercy)
  18. Ghost in the Shell / Mamoru Oshii (Polygram)
  19. The Cable Guy / Ben Stiller (Sony)
  20. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders … / Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (United Artists)
  21. Walking and Talking / Nicole Holofcener (Miramax)
  22. Trainspotting / Danny Boyle (Miramax)
  23. La Cérémonie / Claude Chabrol (New Yorker)
  24. A Summer’s Tale / Eric Rohmer (Les Films du Losange)
  25. Maborosi / Hirokazu Kore-eda (Milestone)

1995

  1. Heat / Michael Mann (Warner Bros.)
  2. Exotica / Atom Egoyan (Miramax)
  3. Through the Olive Trees / Abbas Kiarostami (Miramax)
  4. Toy Story / John Lasseter (Buena Vista)
  5. Clueless / Amy Heckerling (Paramount)
  6. Showgirls / Paul Verhoeven (United Artists)
  7. Se7en / David Fincher (New Line)
  8. Before Sunrise / Richard Linklater (Columbia)
  9. Lessons of Darkness / Werner Herzog (U/A)
  10. La Haine / Mathieu Kassovitz (Gramercy)
  11. Safe / Todd Haynes (Sony Pictures Classics)
  12. The Bridges of Madison County / Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros.)
  13. Nixon / Oliver Stone (Buena Vista)
  14. Crumb / Terry Zwigoff (Sony Pictures Classics)
  15. Kids / Larry Clark (Shining Excaliber)
  16. Wild Reeds / André Techiné (Strand)
  17. Twelve Monkeys / Terry Gilliam (Universal)
  18. The Usual Suspects / Brian Singer (Gramercy)
  19. The Glass Shield / Charles Burnett (Miramax)
  20. In the Mouth of Madness / John Carpenter (New Line)
  21. Strange Days / Kathryn Bigelow (20th Century Fox)
  22. Braveheart / Mel Gibson (Paramount)
  23. I Can’t Sleep / Claire Denis (New Yorker)
  24. Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge / Aditya Chopra (Yash Raj)
  25. Hyenas / Djibril Diop Mambéty (Kino)

1994

  1. Pulp Fiction / Quentin Tarantino (Miramax)
  2. Sátántangó / Bela Tarr (Pierre Grise)
  3. Three Colors: Red / Krzysztof Kieslowski (Miramax)
  4. Hoop Dreams / Steve James (Fine Line)
  5. Speed / Jan de Bont (20th Century Fox)
  6. Natural Born Killers / Oliver Stone (Warner Bros.)
  7. Heavenly Creatures / Peter Jackson (Miramax)
  8. Léon: The Professional / Luc Besson (Columbia)
  9. The Scent of Green Papaya / Tran Anh Hung (First Look Intl.)
  10. The Shawshank Redemption / Frank Darapont (Columbia)
  11. To Live / Zhang Yimou (Samuel Goldwyn)
  12. Cronos / Guillermo del Toro (October)
  13. Ed Wood / Tim Burton (Buena Vista)
  14. The Lion King / Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff (Buena Vista)
  15. Crooklyn / Spike Lee (Universal)
  16. Clerks. / Kevin Smith (Miramax)
  17. Serial Mom / John Waters (Savoy)
  18. The Blue Kite / Tian Zhuangzhuang (Kino Intl.)
  19. U.S. Go Home / Claire Denis (IMA)
  20. Casa de Lava / Pedro Costa (?)
  21. Eat Drink Man Woman / Ang Lee (Samuel Goldwyn)
  22. Vanya on 42nd Street / Louis Malle (Sony Pictures Classics)
  23. L’eau froide / Olivier Assayas (Pan Européenne)
  24. In the Heat of the Sun / Jiang Wen (Golden Harvest)
  25. Calendar / Atom Egoyan (Zeitgeist)

1993

  1. Naked / Mike Leigh (First Line)
  2. Short Cuts / Robert Altman (Fine Line)
  3. The Long Day Closes / Terrence Davis (Sony Pictures Classics)
  4. Blue / Derek Jarman (Zeitgeist)
  5. Carlito’s Way / Brian De Palma (Universal)
  6. Schindler’s List / Steven Spielberg (Universal)
  7. The Piano / Jane Campion (Miramax)
  8. Hard Boiled / John Woo (Rim)
  9. The Puppetmaster / Hou Hsiao-Hsien (ARP Sélection)
  10. Farewell My Concubine / Chen Kaige (Miramax)
  11. Jurassic Park / Steven Spielberg (Universal)
  12. Three Colors: Blue / Krzysztof Kieslowski (Miramax)
  13. Dazed and Confused / Richard Linklater (Gramercy)
  14. El mariachi / Robert Rodriguez (Columbia)
  15. Groundhog Day / Harold Ramis (Columbia)
  16. True Romance / Tony Scott (Warner Bros.)
  17. Smoking/No Smoking / Alain Resnais (Pyramide)
  18. A Perfect World / Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros.)
  19. Abraham’s Valley / Manoel de Oliveira (Vanguard)
  20. The Age of Innocence / Martin Scorsese (Columbia)
  21. Orlando / Sally Potter (Sony Pictures Classics)
  22. The Nightmare Before Christmas / Henry Selick (Buena Vista Intl.)
  23. Dead Alive / Peter Jackson (Trimark)
  24. The Story of Qiu Ju / Zhang Yimou (Sony Pictures Classics)
  25. Baraka / Ron Fricke (Samuel Goldwyn)

1992

  1. Raise the Red Lantern / Zhang Yimou (Orion Classics)
  2. The Crying Game / Neil Jordan (Miramax)
  3. Unforgiven / Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros.)
  4. The Last of the Mohicans / Michael Mann (20th Century Fox)
  5. Basic Instinct / Paul Verheoven (TriStar)
  6. The Player / Robert Altman (Fine Line)
  7. Husbands and Wives / Woody Allen (TriStar)
  8. Reservoir Dogs / Quentin Tarantino (Miramax)
  9. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me / David Lynch (New Line)
  10. Once Upon a Time in China / Tsui Hark (Rim)
  11. The Quince Tree Sun / Víctor Erice (?)
  12. Europa / Lars von Trier (Prestige)
  13. Glengarry Glen Ross / James Foley (New Line)
  14. Malcolm X / Spike Lee (Warner Bros.)
  15. Bad Lieutenant / Abel Ferrara (Aries)
  16. Bram Stoker’s Dracula / Francis Ford Coppola (Columbia)
  17. Night on Earth / Jim Jarmusch (First Line)
  18. Edward II / Derek Jarman (Fine Line)
  19. Tetsuo, the Iron Man / Shin’ya Tsukamoto (Original)
  20. Delicatessen / Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Miramax)
  21. Passion Fish / John Sayles (Miramax)
  22. Van Gogh / Maurice Pialat (Sony Pictures Classics)
  23. The Match Factory Girl / Aki Kaurismaki (Kino International)
  24. Night and Day / Chantal Akerman (Intl. Film Circuit)
  25. The Stranger / Satyajit Ray (?)

1991

  1. Close-Up / Abbas Kiarostami (Les Films du Paradoxe)
  2. A Brighter Summer Day / Edward Yang (Cine Qua Non)
  3. The Double Life of Veronique / Krysztof Kieslowski (Miramax)
  4. My Own Private Idaho / Gus Van Sant (Fine Line)
  5. La belle noiseuse / Jacques Rivette (MK2 Diffusion)
  6. The Silence of the Lambs / Jonathan Demme (Orion)
  7. Days of Being Wild / Wong Kar-wai (Rim)
  8. Paris Is Burning / Jennie Livingston (Off White)
  9. An Angel at My Table / Jane Campion (Fine Line)
  10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day / James Cameron (TriStar)
  11. Boyz ‘n the Hood / John Singleton (Columbia)
  12. Jungle Fever / Spike Lee (Universal)
  13. Daughters of the Dust / Julie Dash (Kino Intl.)
  14. JFK / Oliver Stone (Warner Bros.)
  15. Thelma & Louise / Ridley Scott (MGM)
  16. Dogfight / Nancy Savoca (Warner Bros.)
  17. Beauty and the Beast / Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (Buena Vista)
  18. Point Break / Kathryn Bigelow (20th Century Fox)
  19. Slacker / Richard Linklater (Orion Classics)
  20. Homicide / David Mamet (Triumph)
  21. Trust / Hal Hartley (Fine Line)
  22. Only Yesterday / Isao Takahata (Toho)
  23. La Femme Nikita / Luc Besson (Samuel Goldwyn)
  24. The Lovers on the Bridge / Leos Carax (Gaumont)
  25. Centre Stage / Stanley Kwon (?)

 

decalogue

1990

  1. The Decalogue / Krzysztof Kieslowski (Warner Bros.)
  2. Goodfellas / Martin Scorsese (Warner Bros.)
  3. Miller’s Crossing / Joel & Ethan Coen (20th Century Fox)
  4. King of New York / Abel Ferrara (Seven Arts/Carolco/New Line)
  5. The Sheltering Sky / Bernardo Bertolucci (Warner Bros.)
  6. Cinema Paradiso / Giuseppe Tornatore (Miramax)
  7. Nouvelle Vague / Jean-Luc Godard (AMLF)
  8. Time of the Gypsies / Emir Kusturica (Columbia)
  9. Wild at Heart / David Lynch (Samuel Goldwyn)
  10. Santa Sangre / Alejandro Jodorowsky (Republic)
  11. Edward Scissorhands / Tim Burton (20th Century Fox)
  12. Gremlins 2: The New Batch / Joe Dante (Warner Bros.)
  13. Dances With Wolves / Kevin Costner (Orion)
  14. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover / Peter Greenaway (Miramax)
  15. Total Recall / Paul Verhoeven (TriStar)
  16. Miami Blues / George Armitage (Orion)
  17. The Killer / John Woo (Circle)
  18. Sweetie / Jane Campion (Avenue Pictures)
  19. To Sleep With Anger / Charles Burnett (Samuel Goldwyn)
  20. Metropolitan / Whit Stillman (New Line)
  21. Central Park / Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah)
  22. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! / Pedro Almodóvar (Miramax)
  23. Landscape in the Mist / Theo Angelopoulos (New Yorker)
  24. The Vanishing / George Sluzier (Tara)
  25. Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers / Wu Wenguang (Wu Wenguang)

 

Do the Right Thing

1989

  1. Do the Right Thing / Spike Lee (Universal)
  2. A City of Sadness / Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Era Intl.)
  3. Brightness / Souleymane Cissé (Cinecom)
  4. Distant Voices, Still Lives / Terence Davies (Avenue)
  5. Batman / Tim Burton (Warner Bros.)
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors / Woody Allen (Orion)
  7. Born on the Fourth of July / Oliver Stone (Universal)
  8. Casualties of War / Brian De Palma (Columbia)
  9. Sex, Lies, and Videotape / Steven Soderbergh (Miramax)
  10. When Harry Met Sally… / Rob Reiner (Columbia)
  11. Akira / Katsuhiro Ôtomo (Streamline)
  12. Black Rain / Shôhei Imamura (Angelika)
  13. Homework / Abbas Kiarostami (?)
  14. My Left Foot / Jim Sheridan (Miramax)
  15. Drugstore Cowboy / Gus Van Sant (Avenue)
  16. Mystery Train / Jim jarmusch (Orion Classics)
  17. Peking Opera Blues / Tsui Hark (Gordon’s)
  18. Violent Cop / Takeshi Kitano (Shochiku)
  19. For All Mankind / Al Reinert (Apollo)
  20. Say Anything… / Cameron Crowe (20th Century Fox)
  21. Dead Poets Society / Peter Weir (Buena Vista)
  22. Ariel / Aki Kaurismäki (Kino Intl.)
  23. Story of Women / Claude Chabrol (New Yorker)
  24. Under the Sun of Satan / Maurice Pialat (Alive)
  25. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose / Patrick Tam (?)

1988

  1. King Lear / Jean-Luc Godard (Cannon)
  2. Grave of the Fireflies / Isao Takahata (Tôhô)
  3. Wings of Desire / Wim Wenders (Orion Classics)
  4. The Last Temptation of Christ / Martin Scorsese (Universal)
  5. Die Hard / John McTiernan (20th Century Fox)
  6. The Thin Blue Line / Errol Morris (Miramax)
  7. Dead Ringers / David Cronenberg (20th Century Fox)
  8. Red Sorghum / Zhang Yimou (New Yorker)
  9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown / Pedro Almodóvar (Orion Classics)
  10. My Neighbor Totoro / Hayao Miyazaki (Tôhô)
  11. A Short Film About Killing / Krzysztof Kieslowski (Film Polski)
  12. Damnation / Béla Tarr (Movies Inspired)
  13. Boyfriends and Girlfriends / Eric Rohmer (Orion Classics)
  14. A Fish Called Wanda / Charles Crichton (MGM/UA)
  15. Rain Man / Barry Levinson (MGM/UA)
  16. Bird / Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros.)
  17. They Live / John Carpenter (Universal)
  18. Midnight Run / Martin Brest (Universal)
  19. The Horse Thief / Tian Zhuangzhuang (Intl. Film Circuit)
  20. Yellow Earth / Chen Kaige (Intl. Film Circuit)
  21. A Time to Live, a Time to Die / Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Intl. Film Circuit)
  22. The Legend of the Holy Drinker / Ermanno Olmi (Columbia Italia)
  23. Coming to America / John Landis (Paramount)
  24. Babette’s Feast / Gabriel Axel (Orion Classics)
  25. Salaam Bombay! / Mira Nair (Cinecom)

 

1987

  1. The Last Emperor / Bernardo Bertolucci (Columbia)
  2. Empire of the Sun / Steven Spielberg (Warner Bros.)
  3. The Dead / John Huston (Vestron)
  4. Au Revoir les Enfants / Louis Malle (Orion Classics)
  5. RoboCop / Paul Verhoeven (Orion)
  6. My Life as a Dog / Lasse Hallström (Skouras)
  7. Full Metal Jacket / Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.)
  8. Come and See / Elem Klimov (IFEX)
  9. The Element of Crime / Lars von Trier (Metro)
  10. Broadcast News / James L. Brooks (20th Century Fox)
  11. Wall Street / Oliver Stone (20th Century Fox)
  12. The Untouchables / Brian De Palma (Paramount)
  13. House of Games / David Mamet (Orion)
  14. Law of Desire / Pedro Almodóvar (Cinevista)
  15. Dust in the Wind / Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Intl. Film Circuit)
  16. Predator / John McTieran (20th Century Fox)
  17. Withnail & I / Bruce Robinson (Cineplex-Odeon)
  18. Matewan / John Sayles (Cinecom)
  19. Evil Dead II / Sam Raimi (Rosebud)
  20. The Princess Bride / Rob Reiner (20th Century Fox)
  21. Raising Arizona / Joel & Ethan Coen (20th Century Fox)
  22. Ishtar / Elaine May (Columbia)
  23. A Chinese Ghost Story / Ching Sui-tung (Media Asia)
  24. Eastern Condors / Sammo Hung (Golden Harvest)
  25. Tampopo / Jûzô Itami (New Yorker)

 

Blue Velvet

1986

  1. Blue Velvet / David Lynch (Des Laurentiis)
  2. Hannah and Her Sisters / Woody Allen (Orion)
  3. Summer / Eric Rohmer (Orion Classics)
  4. Sacrifice / Andrei Tarkovsky (Orion Classics)
  5. Platoon / Oliver Stone (Orion)
  6. The Fly / David Cronenberg (20th Century Fox)
  7. A Better Tomorrow / John Woo (Cinema City)
  8. Mauvais sang / Leos Carax (AAA Classic/Revcom)
  9. Aliens / James Cameron (20th Century Fox)
  10. Sherman’s March / Ross McElwee (First Run)
  11. Vagabond / Agnès Varda (Grange)
  12. The Terrorizers / Edward Yang (Inbaubel)
  13. Something Wild / Jonathan Demme (Orion)
  14. Down by Law / Jim Jarmusch (Island)
  15. She’s Gotta Have It / Spike Lee (Island)
  16. The Mission / Roland Joffé (Warner Bros.)
  17. A Room With a View / James Ivory (Cinecom)
  18. Mona Lisa / Neil Jordan (Island)
  19. Sid and Nancy / Alex Cox (Samuel Goldwyn)
  20. The Hitcher / Robert Harmon (TriStar)
  21. Manhunter / Michael Mann (De Laurentiis)
  22. Stand by Me / Rob Reiner (Columbia)
  23. My Beautiful Launderette / Stephen Frears (Orion Classics)
  24. Kaos / Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (?)
  25. Stammheim  / Reinhard Hauff (Futura)

 

Brazil

1985

  1. Brazil / Terry Gilliam (Universal)
  2. Shoah / Claude Lanzmann (New Yorker)
  3. Ran / Akira Kurosawa (Orion Classics)
  4. Blood Simple / Joel & Ethan Coen (Circle)
  5. Back to the Future / Robert Zemeckis (Universal)
  6. The Purple Rose of Cairo / Woody Allen (Orion)
  7. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure / Tim Burton (Warner Bros.)
  8. When Father Was Away on Business / Emir Kusturica (Cannon)
  9. Hail Mary / Jean-Luc Godard (New Yorker)
  10. After Hours / Martin Scorsese (Warner Bros.)
  11. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters / Paul Schrader (Warner Bros.)
  12. The Color Purple / Steven Spielberg (Warner Bros.)
  13. Day of the Dead / George A. Romero (UFDC)
  14. The Return of the Living Dead / Dan O’Bannon (Orion)
  15. Kiss of the Spider Woman / Hector Babenco (Island Alive)
  16. The Breakfast Club / John Hughes (Universal)
  17. Taipei Story / Edward Yang (?)
  18. The Official Story / Luis Puenzo (Almi)
  19. Lost in America / Albert Brooks (Warner Bros.)
  20. To Live and Die in L.A. / William Friedkin (MGM/UA)
  21. Secret Honor / Robert Atlaman (Cinecom)
  22. Almanac of Fall / Béla Tarr (?)
  23. Himatsuri / Mitsuo Yanagimachi (Kino Intl.)
  24. Die Frau und der Fremde / Rainer Simon (VEB Progress Vertrieb)
  25. Bayan Ko: Kapit sa patalim / Lino Brocka (?)

L'Argent

1984

  1. L’argent / Robert Bresson (Cinecom)
  2. Nostalgia / Andrei Tarkovsky (Grange)
  3. The Ballad of Narayama / Shohei Imamura (Kino Intl.)
  4. Paris, Texas / Wim Wenders (20th Century Fox)
  5. The Terminator / James Cameron (Orion)
  6. Amadeus / Milos Forman (Orion)
  7. Love Streams / John Cassavetes (Cannon)
  8. The Times of Harvey Milk / Rob Epstein (TC)
  9. Stranger Than Paradise / Jim Jarmusch (Samuel Goldwyn)
  10. Once Upon a Time in America / Sergio Leone (Ladd)
  11. El Norte / Gregory Nava (Cinecom)
  12. Gremlins / Joe Dante (Warner Bros.)
  13. Beverly Hills Cop / Martin Brest (Paramount)
  14. Ghostbusters / Ivan Reitman (Columbia)
  15. Body Double / Brian De Palma (Columbia)
  16. This Is Spinal Tap / Rob Reiner (Embassy)
  17. Full Moon in Paris / Eric Rohmer (Orion Classics)
  18. A Sunday in the Country / Bertrand Tavernier (MGM/UA Classics)
  19. Boy Meets Girl / Leos Carax (Forum)
  20. Under the Volcano / John Huston (Universal)
  21. The Killing Fields / Roland Joffé (Warner Bros.)
  22. Choose Me / Alan Rudolph (Island Alive)
  23. The Brother from Another Planet / John Sayles (Cinecom)
  24. First Name: Carmen / Jean-Luc Godard (Intl. Spectrafilm)
  25. Confidentially Yours / François Truffaut (Intl. Spectrafilm)

 

Sans Soleil

1983

  1. Sans soleil / Chris Marker (New Yorker)
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz / Rainer Werner Fassbinder (TeleCulture)
  3. Fanny and Alexander / Ingmar Bergman (Embassy)
  4. Scarface / Brian De Palma (Universal)
  5. Terms of Endearment / James L. Brooks (Paramount)
  6. The King of Comedy / Martin Scorsese (20th Century Fox)
  7. Videodrome / David Cronenberg (Universal)
  8. Pauline at the Beach / Eric Rohmer (Orion Classics)
  9. À nos amours / Maurice Pialat (Gaumont)
  10. Koyaanisqatsi / Godfrey Reggio (Island Alive/New Cinema)
  11. Local Hero / Bill Forsyth (Warner Bros.)
  12. The Right Stuff / Philip Kaufman (Warner Bros.)
  13. Possession / Andrzej Zulawski (Limelight Intl.)
  14. The Night of the Shooting Stars / Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (United Artists)
  15. El Sur / Víctor Erice (C.B. Films S.A.)
  16. Cecelia / Humberto Solás (ICAIC)
  17. Rumble Fish / Francis Ford Coppola (Universal)
  18. The Evil Dead / Sam Raimi (New Line)
  19. The State of Things / Wim Wenders (Gray City)
  20. The Trout / Joseph Losey (Triumph)
  21. Danton / Andrzej Wajda (Triumph)
  22. The Makioka Sisters / Kon Ichikawa (Tôhô)
  23. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence / Nagisa Ôshima (Universal)
  24. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro / Kundan Shah (?)
  25. Carmen / Carlos Saura (Orion Classics)

 

1982

  1. Stalker / Andrei Tarkovsky (Media Transactions)
  2. Fitzcarraldo / Werner Herzog (New World)
  3. Blade Runner / Ridley Scott (Warner Bros.)
  4. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial / Steven Spielberg (Universal)
  5. Poltergeist / Tobe Hooper (MGM)
  6. The Thing / John Carpenter (Universal)
  7. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior / George Miller (Warner Bros.)
  8. Tenebre / Dario Argento (Titanus)
  9. Das Boot / Wolfgang Petersen (Triumph)
  10. Veronika Voss / Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Filmverlag der Autoren)
  11. Siberiade / Andrei Konchalovskiy (IFEX)
  12. Passion / Jean-Luc Godard (Parafrance)
  13. Gandhi / Richard Attenborough (Columbia)
  14. White Dog / Samuel Fuller (Paramount)
  15. The Verdict / Sydney Pollack (20th Century Fox)
  16. Victor Victoria / Blake Edwards (MGM)
  17. Fast Times at Ridgemont High / Amy Heckerling (Universal)
  18. TRON / Steven Lisberger (Buena Vista)
  19. Burden of Dreams / Les Blank (Flower)
  20. Missing / Costa-Gavras (Universal)
  21. Tree of Knowledge / Nils Malmros (Scandinavia Today)
  22. Diva / Jean-Lacques Beineix (United Artists Classics)
  23. David / Peter Lilienthal (Kino Intl.)
  24. Yol / Yilmaz Guney, Serif Goran (NEF-MK2)
  25. Mephisto / István Szabó (Analysis)

1981

  1. Man of Iron / Andrzej Wajda (United Artists Classics)
  2. The Last Metro / François Truffaut (United Artists Classics)
  3. Pixote / Hector Babenco (Unifilms)
  4. Blow Out / Brian De Palma (Filmways)
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark / Steven Spielberg (Paramount)
  6. Reds / Warren Beatty — TS7 (Paramount)
  7. Doomed Love / Manoel de Oliveira (Joseph Papp)
  8. The Aviator’s Wife / Eric Rohmer (New Yorker)
  9. Escape from New York / John Carpenter (AVCO Embassy)
  10. Time Bandits / Terry Gilliam (AVCO Embassy)
  11. Scanners / David Cronenberg (AVCO Embassy)
  12. Thief / Michael Mann (United Artists)
  13. Ms. 45 / Abel Ferrara (Rochelle)
  14. Modern Romance / Albert Brooks (Columbia)
  15. Excalibur / John Boorman (Orion/Warner Bros.)
  16. Prince of the City / Sidney Lumet (Orion/Warner Bros.)
  17. My Dinner With Andre / Louis Malle (New Yorker)
  18. Deprisa, Deprisa / Carlos Saura (Pathé Consortium)
  19. Christiane F. / Ulrich Edel (New World)
  20. Marianne and Juliane / M. von Trotta (Filmverlag der Autoren)
  21. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter / Connie Field (First Run)
  22. Mommie Dearest / Frank Perry (Paramount)
  23. An American Werewolf in London / John Landis (Universal)
  24. Ek Duuje Ke Liye / K. Balachander (?)
  25. Confidence / István Szabó (New Yorker)

1980

  1. The Shining / Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.)
  2. Raging Bull / Martin Scorsese (United Artists)
  3. In a Year With 13 Moons / Rainer Werner Fassbinder (New Yorker)
  4. Kagemusha / Akira Kurosawa (20th Century Fox)
  5. Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back / Irvin Kershner (20th Century Fox)
  6. The Big Red One / Samuel Fuller (United Artists)
  7. Heaven’s Gate / Michael Cimino (United Artists)
  8. Gates of Heaven / Erroll Morris (New Yorker)
  9. Dressed to Kill / Brian De Palma (Filmways)
  10. Bad Timing / Nicolas Roeg (World Northal)
  11. The Elephant Man / David Lynch (Paramount)
  12. The Tin Drum / Volker Schlondorff (New World)
  13. Every Man for Himself / Jean-Luc Godard (New Yorker)
  14. Cruising / William Friedkin (United Artists)
  15. Wise Blood / John Huston (Pan-Canadian)
  16. Tess / Roman Polanski (Columbia)
  17. Gloria / John Cassavetes (Columbia)
  18. Zigeunerweisen / Seijun Sezuki (Little More Co.)
  19. Hitler: A Film from Germany / Hans-Jürgen Syberberg (Omni Zoetrope)
  20. My Brilliant Career / Gillian Armstrong (Analysis)
  21. Stardust Memories / Woody Allen (United Artists)
  22. The Blues Brothers / John Landis (Universa;)
  23. Altered States / Ken Russell (Warner Bros.)
  24. Christ Stopped at Eboli / Francesco Rosi (Franklin)
  25. Loulou / Maurice Pialat (New Yorker)

1979

  1. Apocalypse Now / Francis Coppola (United Artists)
  2. Manhattan / Woody Allen (United Artists)
  3. Alien / Ridley Scott (20th Century Fox)
  4. The Brood / David Cronenberg (New World)
  5. Dawn of the Dead / George A. Romero (UFDC)
  6. All that Jazz / Bob Fosse (20th Century Fox)
  7. Picnic at Hanging Rock / Peter Weir (Atlantic)
  8. Empire of Passion / Nagisa Ôshima (Barbary Coast)
  9. The Marriage of Maria Braun / Rainer W. Fassbinder (United Artists)
  10. Deewaar / Yash Chopra (Trimurti)
  11. Nosferatu the Vampyre / Werner Herzog (20th Century Fox)
  12. The Tree of Wooden Clogs / Ermanno Olmi (New Yorker)
  13. The Warriors / Walter Hill (Paramount)
  14. Being There / Hal Ashby (United Artists)
  15. Life of Brian / Terry Jones (Warner Bros./Orion)
  16. Kramer vs. Kramer / Robert Benton (Columbia)
  17. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin / Liu Chia-Liang (World Northal)
  18. Soldier of Orange / Paul Verhoeven (Intl. Picture Show)
  19. Real Life / Albert Brooks (Paramount)
  20. Saint Jack / Peter Bogdanovich (New World)
  21. La Cage aux Folles / Édouard Molinaro (United Artists)
  22. Vengeance Is Mine / Shôhei Imamura (Shochiku)
  23. Queen of the Gypsies / Emil Loteanu (Sovexportfilm)
  24. Alexandria…Why? / Youssef Chahine (AISR Intl.)
  25. L’innocente / Luchino Visconte (Analysis)

1978

  1. Celine and Julie Go Boating / Jacques Rivette (New Yorker)
  2. Days of Heaven / Terrence Malick (Paramount)
  3. The Deer Hunter / Michael Cimino (Universal)
  4. The Ascent / Larisa Shepitko (Intl. Film Circuit)
  5. Animal House / John Landis (Universal)
  6. Halloween / John Carpenter (Compass Intl.)
  7. Autumn Sonata / Ingmar Bergman (New World)
  8. Overlord / Stuart Cooper (EMI)
  9. Coup de grâce / Volker Schlöndorff (Cinema 5)
  10. Interiors / Woody Allen (United Artists)
  11. The Last Waltz / Martin Scorsese (United Artists)
  12. The Last Wave / Peter Weir (World Northal)
  13. The Fury / Brian De Palma (20th Century Fox)
  14. The Driver / Walter Hill (20th Century Fox)
  15. Blue Collar / Paul Schrader (Universal)
  16. Fingers / James Toback (Brut)
  17. Superman / Richard Donner (Warner Bros.)
  18. Grease / Randal Kleiser (Paramount)
  19. Invasion of the Body Snatchers / Philip Kaufman (United Artists)
  20. The Duellists / Ridley Scott (Paramount)
  21. An Unmarried Woman / Paul Mazursky (20th Century Fox)
  22. Midnight Express / Alan Parker (Columbia)
  23. Ceddo / Ousmane Sembene (New Yorker)
  24. Poachers / Jose L. Borau (Empressa)
  25. The Girl with the Red Scarf / Atif Yilmaz (?)

1977

  1. F for Fake / Orson Welles (Specialty)
  2. Annie Hall / Woody Allen (United Artists)
  3. Eraserhead / David Lynch (Libra)
  4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind / Steven Spielberg (Columbia)
  5. Star Wars / George Lucas (20th Century Fox)
  6. In the Realm of the Senses / Nashia Ôshima (Surrogate)
  7. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom / Pier Paolo Pasolini (United Artists)
  8. That Obscure Object of Desire / Luis Buñuel (First Artists)
  9. Suspiria / Dario Argento (Intl. Classics)
  10. 1900 / Bernardo Bertolluci (Paramount/United Artists)
  11. The Devil, Probably / Robert Bresson (Gaumont)
  12. Providence / Alain Resnais (Cinema 5)
  13. Opening Night / John Cassavetes (Faces)
  14. Kings of the Road / Wim Wenders (Bauer Intl.)
  15. New York, New York / Martin Scorsese (United Artists)
  16. Padre Padrone / Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (Cinema 5)
  17. Heart of Glass / Werner Herzog (New Yorker)
  18. Saturday Night Fever / John Badham (Paramount)
  19. Desperate Living / John Waters (Saliva)
  20. Rolling Thunder / John Flynn (AIP)
  21. Sorcerer / William Friedkin (Universal)
  22. Black and White in Color / Jean-Jacques Annaud (Allied Artists)
  23. Cria Cuervos / Carlos Saura (Interama)
  24. Iphigenia / Mihalis Kakogiannis (Cinema 5)
  25. House / Nobuhiko Ôbayashi (Tôhô)

1976

  1. Solaris / Andrei Tarkovsky (Magna)
  2. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles / Chantal Akerman (Olympic)
  3. The Spirit of the Beehive / Victor Erice (Janus)
  4. Taxi Driver / Martin Scorsese (Columbia)
  5. Rocky / John G. Alvidsen (United Artists)
  6. Assault on Precinct 13 / John Carpenter (Turtle)
  7. Edvard Munch / Peter Watkins (New Yorker)
  8. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie / John Cassavetes (Faces)
  9. Network / Sidney Lumet (MGM)
  10. Carrie / Brian De Palma (United Artists)
  11. The Tenant / Roman Polanski (Paramount)
  12. The Outlaw Josey Wales / Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros.)
  13. All the President’s Men / Alan J. Pakula (Warner Bros.)
  14. Deep Red / Dario Argento (Howard Mahler)
  15. Fox and His Friends / Rainer Werner Fassbinder (New Yorker)
  16. The Man Who Fell to Earth / Nicolas Roeg (Cinema 5)
  17. Mikey and Nicky / Elaine May (Paramount)
  18. Harlan County U.S.A. / Barbara Kopple (Cinema 5)
  19. Grey Gardens / Albert & David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer (Portrait)
  20. General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait / Barbet Schroeder (Tinc)
  21. Family Plot / Alfred Hitchock (Universal)
  22. Up! / Russ Meyer (RM Intl.)
  23. Touki Bouki / Djibril Diop Mambéty (?)
  24. Seven Beauties / Lina Wertmüller (Cinema 5)
  25. Duelle (une quarantaine) / Jacques Rivette (Gaumont)

1975

  1. Nashville / Robert Altman (Paramount)
  2. The Mirror / Andrei Tarkovsky (ACFK)
  3. Xala / Ousmane Sembene (New Yorker)
  4. Barry Lyndon / Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.)
  5. Jaws / Steven Spielberg (Universal)
  6. Shampoo / Hal Ashby (Columbia)
  7. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser / Werner Herzog (New Yorker)
  8. India Song / Marguerite Duras (Roissy)
  9. Manila in the Claws of Light / Lino Brocka (?)
  10. Rocky Horror Picture Show / Jim Sharman (20th Century Fox)
  11. Monty Python & the Holy Grail / Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones (Cinema 5)
  12. The Passenger / Michelangelo Antonioni (MGM)
  13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / Milos Forman (United Artists)
  14. Dog Day Afternoon / Sidney Lumet (Warner Bros.)
  15. Chronicle of the Years of Fire / Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina (?)
  16. Lancelot of the Lake / Robert Bresson (New Yorker)
  17. Supervixens / Russ Meyer (RM Intl.)
  18. Mandingo / Richard Fleischer (Paramount)
  19. Brother Can you Spare a Dime / Philippe Mora (Dimension)
  20. Ashani Sanket / Satyajit Ray (Cinema 5)
  21. Sholay / Ramesh Sippy (B4U)
  22. Lulu the Tool / Elio Petri (New Line)
  23. Adoption / Márta Mészáros (?)
  24. The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum / Volker Schlondorff, Margarethe von Trotta (New World)
  25. Swept Away / Lina Wertmüller (Cinema 5)

1974

  1. Scenes from a Marriage / Ingmar Bergman (Cinema 5)
  2. Amarcord / Frederico Fellini (New World)
  3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul / Rainer Werner Fassbinder (New Yorker)
  4. Chinatown / Roman Polanski (Paramount)
  5. The Godfather: Part II / Francis Ford Coppola (Paramount)
  6. Woman Under the Influence / John Cassavetes (Faces)
  7. Out 1: Spectre / Jacques Rivette (Sunchild)
  8. Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Tobe Hooper (Bryanston)
  9. Blazing Saddles / Mel Brooks (Warner Bros.)
  10. The Mother and the Whore / Jean Eustache (New Yorker)
  11. The Phantom of Liberty / Luis Buñuel (20th Century Fox)
  12. Lacombe, Lucien / Louis Malle (20th Century Fox)
  13. Arabian Nights / Pier Paolo Pasolini (United Artists)
  14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Gonzalez / Sam Peckinpah (United Artists)
  15. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore / Martin Scorsese (Warner Bros.)
  16. Cockfighter / Monte Hellman (New World)
  17. Phantom of the Paradise / Brian De Palma (20th Century Fox)
  18. Stavisky… / Alain Resnais (Cinemation)
  19. Allonsanfan / Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (Ital-Noleggio)
  20. Hearts and Minds / Peter Davis (Warner Bros.)
  21. Film About a Woman Who… / Yvonne Rainer (First Run)
  22. Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman / Jill Godmilow (Rocky M.)
  23. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania / Jonas Mekas (Film Makers’)
  24. Turkish Delight / Paul Verhoeven (Cinemation)
  25. The Street Fighter / Shigehiro Ozawa (New Line)

1973

  1. Day for Night / François Truffaut (Warner Bros.)
  2. Badlands / Terrence Malick (Warner Bros.)
  3. Mean Streets / Martin Scorsese (Warner Bros.)
  4. The Exorcist / William Friedkin (Warner Bros.)
  5. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid / Sam Peckinpah (MGM)
  6. Don’t Look Now / Nicolas Roeg (Paramount)
  7. The Holy Mountain / Alejandro Jodorowsky (ABKCO)
  8. The Last Tango in Paris / Bernardo Bertolucci (United Artists)
  9. Tout va Bien / Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin (New Yorker)
  10. The Long Goodbye / Robert Altman (United Artists)
  11. Paper Moon / Peter Bogdanovich (Paramount)
  12. Enter the Dragon / Robert Clouse (Warner Bros.)
  13. The Harder They Come / Perry Henzell (New World)
  14. The Spook Who Sat by the Door / Ivan Dixon (United Artists)
  15. American Graffiti / George Lucas (Universal)
  16. The Friends of Eddie Coyle / Peter Yates (Paramount)
  17. High Plains Drifter / Clint Eastwood (Universal)
  18. Battles Without Honour and Humanity / Shinji Fukasaku (Toei)
  19. Days and Nights in the Forest / Satyajit Ray (Pathé)
  20. The Sting / George Roy Hill (Universal)
  21. Scarecrow / Jerry Schatzberg (Warner Bros.)
  22. Charley Varrick / Don Siegel (Universal)
  23. Lady Snowblood / Toshiya Fukita (Tôhô)
  24. Red Psalm / Miklós Janscó (Audio Brandon)
  25. Bobby / Raj Kapoor (?)

1972

  1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God / Werner Herzog (Filmverlag)
  2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Luis Buñuel (20th Century Fox)
  3. Cries and Whispers / Ingmar Bergman (New World)
  4. The Godfather / Francis Ford Coppola (Paramount)
  5. Cabaret / Bob Fosse (Allied Artists)
  6. Deliverance / John Boorman (Warner Bros.)
  7. The Heartbreak Kid / Elaine May (20th Century Fox)
  8. The Sorrow and the Pity / Marcel Ophüls (Cinema 5)
  9. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant / Rainer W. Fassbinder (Filmverlag)
  10. Fat City / John Huston (Columbia)
  11. Chloe in the Afternoon / Eric Rohmer (Columbia)
  12. Four Nights of a Dreamer / Robert Bresson (New Yorker)
  13. The Canterbury Tales / Pier Paolo Pasolini (United Artists)
  14. Hickey and Boggs / Robert Culp (United Artists)
  15. Je ‘taime, je t’aime / Alain Resnais (New Yorker)
  16. Frenzy / Alfred Hitchcock (Universal)
  17. Silent Running / Douglas Trumbull (Universal)
  18. Deep Throat / Jerry Gerard (AMMA)
  19. A Bay of Blood / Mario Bava (Hallmark)
  20. The Last House on the Left / Wes Craven (Hallmark)
  21. Super Fly / Gordon Parks Jr. (Warner Bros.)
  22. Sounder / Martin Ritt (20th Century Fox)
  23. Winter Soldier / “The Collective” (?)
  24. The Emigrants / Jan Troell (Warner Bros.)
  25. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan / Chu Yuan (Celestial)

1971

  1. Walkabout / Nicolas Roeg (20th Century Fox)
  2. A Clockwork Orange / Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.)
  3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller / Robert Altman (Warner Bros.)
  4. Harold and Maude / Hal Ashby (Paramount)
  5. The Conformist / Bernardo Bertolucci (Paramount)
  6. A Touch of Zen / King Hu (?)
  7. El Topo / Alejandro Jodorowski (Douglas)
  8. Claire’s Knee / Eric Rohmer (Columbia)
  9. The Last Picture Show / Peter Bogdanovich (Columbia)
  10. The French Connection / William Friedkin (20th Century Fox)
  11. Straw Dogs / Sam Peckinpah (Cinerama)
  12. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis / Vittorio de Sica (Cinema 5)
  13. The Go-Between / Joseph Losey (Columbia)
  14. A New Leaf / Elaine May (Paramount)
  15. Dirty Harry / Don Siegel (Warner Bros.)
  16. THX 1138 / George Lucas (Warner Bros.)
  17. The Devils / Ken Russell (Warner Bros.)
  18. Wanda / Barbara Loden (Bardene Intl.)
  19. Growing Up Female / Jim Klein, Julia Reichert (New Day)
  20. Two-Lane Blacktop / Monte Hellman (Universal)
  21. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song / Melvin Van Peebles (Cinemation)
  22. Shaft / Gordon Parks (MGM)
  23. Le boucher / Claude Chabrol (Cinerama)
  24. Even Dwarfs Started Small / Werner Herzog (New Line)
  25. Deep End / Jerzy Skowlimowski (Paramount)

1970

  1. Au hasard Balthazar / Robert Bresson (Cinema Ventures)
  2. My Night at Maud’s / Eric Rohmer (Pathé Contemporary)
  3. Two or Three Things I Know About Her / Jean-Luc Godard (New Yorker)
  4. M*A*S*H / Robert Altman (20th Century Fox)
  5. Patton / Franklin J. Schaffner (20th Century Fox)
  6. Husbands / John Cassavetes (Columbia)
  7. Five Easy Pieces / Bob Rafelson (Columbia)
  8. Zabriskie Point / Michelangelo Antonioni (MGM)
  9. Le Cercle Rouge / Jean-Pierre Melville (Les Film Corona)
  10. Performance / Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg (Warner Bros.)
  11. Woodstock / Michael Wadleigh (Warner Bros.)
  12. Gimme Shelter / Albert & David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin (Cinema 5)
  13. King: A Filmed Record… / Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Maron)
  14. Tristana / Luis Buñuel (Maron)
  15. Hi, Mom! / Brian De Palma (Sigma III)
  16. Trash / Paul Morrissey (Cinema 5)
  17. Puzzle of a Downfall Child / Jerry Schatzberg (Universal)
  18. Cotton Comes to Harlem / Ossie Davis (United Artists)
  19. Ice / Robert Kramer (New Yorker)
  20. The Bird With the Crystal Plumage / Dario Argento (UMC)
  21. Antonio das Mortes / Glauber Rocha (Grove Press)
  22. Boy / Nagisa Ôshima (Grove Press)
  23. The Rise of Louis XIV / Roberto Rossellini (Brandon)
  24. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion / Elio Petri (Columbia)
  25. The Night of Counting the Years / Shadi Abdel Salam (?)

1969

  1. The Wild Bunch / Sam Peckinpah (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  2. Once Upon a Time in the West / Sergio Leone (Paramount)
  3. Pierrot le Fou / Jean-Luc Godard (Pathé Contemporary)
  4. The Army of Shadows / Jean-Pierre Melville (Valoria)
  5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / George Roy Hill (20th Century Fox)
  6. Simon of the Desert / Luis Buñuel (Altura Intl.)
  7. Kes / Ken Loach (United Artists)
  8. Midnight Cowboy / John Schlesinger (United Artists)
  9. Easy Rider / Dennis Hopper (Columbia)
  10. Putney Swope / Robert Downey Sr. (Cinema V)
  11. Salesman / Albert & David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin (Maysles)
  12. Teorema / Pier Paolo Pasolini (Continental)
  13. L’enfance nue / Maurice Pialat (Parafrance)
  14. Black Girl / Ousmane Sembene (New Yorker)
  15. If…. / Lindsay Anderson (‘Paramount)
  16. / Costa-Gavras (Cinema 5)
  17. In the Year of the Pig / Emile de Antonio (Pathé Contemporary)
  18. The Round-Up / Miklós Janscó (Altura Intl.)
  19. The Damned / Luchino Visconti (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  20. The Learning Tree / Gordon Parks (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  21. Medium Cool / Haskell Wexler (Paramount)
  22. Destroy All Monsters / Ishirô Honda (AIP)
  23. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach / Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub (New Yorker)
  24. Six in Paris / Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol,
    Jean Rouch, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Jean Douchet (New Yorker)
  25. Stolen Kisses / François Truffaut (Lopert)

1968

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey / Stanley Kubrick (MGM)
  2. Weekend / Jean-Luc Godard (Grove Press)
  3. Belle de Jour / Luis Buñuel (Allied Artists)
  4. Night of the Living Dead / George A. Romero (Continental)
  5. Rosemary’s Baby / Roman Polanski (Paramount)
  6. Memories of Underdevelopment / Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (?)
  7. Wavelength / Michael Snow (Canyon)
  8. The Party / Blake Edwards (United Artists)
  9. The Producers / Mel Brooks (AVCO Embassy)
  10. Faces / John Cassavetes (Continental)
  11. War and Peace / Sergey Bondarchuk (Continental)
  12. The Young Girls of Rochefort / Jacques Demy (Warner Bros.)
  13. The Firemen’s Ball / Milos Forman (Cinema V)
  14. Kill Baby, Kill! / Mario Bava (Europix)
  15. Fists in the Pocket / Marco Bellocchio (Peppercorn-Wormser)
  16. The Boston Strangler / Richard Fleischer (20th Century Fox)
  17. The Swimmer / Frank Perry (Columbia)
  18. High School / Frederick Wiseman (?)
  19. Rachel, Rachel / Paul Newman (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  20. Targets / Peter Bogdanovich (Paramount)
  21. Flesh / Paul Morrissey (Andy Warhol)
  22. Planet of the Apes / Franklin J. Schaffner (20th Century Fox)
  23. Yellow Submarine / George Dunning (United Artists)
  24. The Color of Pomegranates / Sergei Parajanov (Artkino)
  25. The Red and the White / Miklós Janscó (Brandon)

1967

  1. The Battle of Algiers / Gillo Pontecorvo (Rizzoli)
  2. Le Samouraï / Jean-Pierre Melville (S.N. Prodis)
  3. Playtime / Jacques Tati (?)
  4. Persona / Ingmar Bergman (Lopert)
  5. Bonnie and Clyde / Arthur Penn (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Sergio Leone (United Artists)
  7. Point Blank / John Boorman (MGM)
  8. Titicut Follies / Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah)
  9. Don’t Look Back / D.A. Pennebaker (Pennebaker)
  10. Cool Hand Luke / Stuart Rosenberg (Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  11. Marketa Lazarová / Frantisek Vlácil (?)
  12. The Graduate / Mike Nichols (Embassy)
  13. Chimes at Midnight / Orson Welles (Peppercorn-Wormser)
  14. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors / Sergei Parajanov (Artkino)
  15. The War Game / Peter Watkins (Pathé Contemporary)
  16. Portrait of Jason / Shirley Clarke (Filmmakers)
  17. A Time for Burning / Barbara Connell, Bill Jersey (Lutheran)
  18. Branded to Kill / Seijun Suzuki (Nikkatsu)
  19. Daisies / Vera Chytilová (Sigma III)
  20. Closely Watched Trains / Jirí Menzel (Sigma III)
  21. In the Heat of the Night / Norman Jewison (United Artists)
  22. The Jungle Book / Wolfgang Reitherman (Buena Vista)
  23. The Birds, the Bees and the Italian / Petro Germi (Claridge)
  24. The Departure / Jerzy Skolimowski (Pathé Contemporary)
  25. Dry Summer / Metin Erksan (Manson)

1966

  1. Chelsea Girls / Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol (Filmmakers)
  2. Andrei Rublev / Andrei Tarkovsky (ACFK)
  3. Blow-Up / Michelangelo Antonioni (Premier)
  4. Masculin Féminin / Jean-Luc Godard (Royal Intl.)
  5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? / Mike Nichols (Warner Bros.)
  6. Gertrud / Carl Theodore Dreyer (Pathé Contemporary)
  7. The Gospel According to St. Matthew / Pier Paolo Pasolini (Continental)
  8. Le Deuxieme Souffle / Jean-Pierre Melville (S.N. Prodis)
  9. 7 Women / John Ford (MGM)
  10. The Loves of a Blonde / Milos Forman (Prominent)
  11. Cul-De-Sac / Roman Polanski (Sigma III)
  12. Le Bonheur / Agnès Varda (Clover)
  13. Red Beard / Akira Kurosawa (Tôhô)
  14. Hamlet / Grigori Kozintsez (Columbia)
  15. A Man and a Woman / Claude Lelouch (Allied Artists)
  16. The Shop on Main Street / Ján Kádar, Elmar Klos (Prominent)
  17. Sandra / Luchino Visconti (Royal Intl.)
  18. Seconds / John Frankenheimer (Paramount)
  19. The Endless Sumer / Bruce Brown (Monterey)
  20. The Naked Prey / Cornel Wilde (Paramount)
  21. The Glass Bottom Boat / Frank Tashlin (MGM)
  22. Come Drink With Me / King Hu (?)
  23. Violence at Noon / Nagisa Ôshima (?)
  24. The Pornographers / Shôhei Imamura (Tôhô)
  25. Tokyo Drifter / Seijun Suzuki (Nikkatsu)

1965

  1. Repulsion / Roman Polanski (Royal Intl.)
  2. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! / Russ Meyer (Eye)
  3. The Trial of Joan of Arc / Robert Bresson (Pathé Contemporary)
  4. Alphaville / Jean-Luc Godard (Pathé Contemporary)
  5. Doctor Zhivago / David Lean (MGM)
  6. The Sound of Music / Robert Wise (20th Century Fox)
  7. The Red Desert / Michelangelo Antonioni (Rizzoli)
  8. Juliet of the Spirits / Federico Fellini (Rizzoli)
  9. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold / Martin Ritt (Paramount)
  10. Brainstorm / William Conrad (Warner Bros.)
  11. The Knack… and How to Get It / Richard Lester (Lopert)
  12. The Ipcress File / Sidney J. Furi (Universal)
  13. The Pawnbroker / Sidney Lumet (Allied Artists)
  14. In Harm’s Way / Otto Preminger (Paramount)
  15. The Loved One / Tony Richardson (MGM)
  16. High Wind in Jamaica / Alexander Mackendrick (20th Century Fox)
  17. Ghost Stories / Masaki Kobayashi (Continental)
  18. Onibaba / Kaneto Shindô (Tôhô)
  19. The Executioner / Luis García Berlanga (Pathé Contemporary)
  20. Chronicle of a Summer / Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch (Pathé Contemporary)
  21. Planet of the Vampires / Mario Bava (AIP)
  22. Sword of the Beast / Hideo Gosha (Shôchiku Eiga)
  23. Man Is Not a Bird / Dusan Makavejev (?)
  24. The Ashes / Andrzej Wajda (?)
  25. Guide / Vijay Anand (?)

1964

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Jacques Demy (Landau)
  2. Contempt / Jean-Luc Godard (Embassy)
  3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and … / Stanley Kubrick (Columbia)
  4. The Servant / Joseph Losey (Landau)
  5. My Fair Lady / George Cukor (Warner Bros.)
  6. Le Doulos / Jean-Pierre Melville (Pathé Contemporary)
  7. Charulata / Satyajit Ray (?)
  8. I Am Cuba / Mikhail Kalatozov (ICAIC)
  9. An Autumn Afternoon / Yasujirô Ozu (Shochiku)
  10. Dog Star Man / Stan Brakhage (?)
  11. Marnie / Alfred Hitchcock (Universal)
  12. A Hard Day’s Night / Richard Lester (United Artists)
  13. Mary Poppins / Robert Stevenson (Buena Vista)
  14. The Cool World / Shirley Clarke (Cinema V)
  15. The Silence / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  16. Diary of a Chambermaid / Luis Buñuel (Intl. Classics)
  17. Woman in the Dunes / Hiroshi Teshigahara (Pathé Contemporary)
  18. Harakiri / Masaki Kobayashi (Signal Intl.)
  19. Intentions of Murder / Shôhei Imamura (Tôhô)
  20. Yearning / Mikio Naruse (Tôhô)
  21. The Given Word / Anselmo Duarte (Lionex)
  22. Black God, White Devil / Glauber Rocha (Copacabana)
  23. The Naked Kiss / Samuel Fuller (Allied Artists)
  24. Salvatore Giuliano / Francesco Rosi (Royal Intl.)
  25. Bandits of Orgosolo / Vittorio De Seta (Pathé Contemporary)

1963

  1. 8½ / Federico Fellini (Embassy)
  2. Pickpocket / Robert Bresson (New Yorker)
  3. High and Low / Akira Kurosawa (Continental)
  4. Ivan’s Childhood / Andrei Tarkovsky (Shore Intl.)
  5. The Birds / Alfred Hitchcock (Universal)
  6. The Leopard / Luchino Visconti (20th Century Fox)
  7. Shock Corridor / Samuel Fuller (Allied Artists)
  8. Winter Light / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  9. Sanjuro / Akira Kurosawa (Tôhô)
  10. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs / Mikio Naruse (Tôhô)
  11. Vivre Sa Vie / Jean-Luc Godard (Union)
  12. The Music Room / Satyajit Ray (Edward Harrison)
  13. Il Posto / Ermanno Olmi (Janus)
  14. The Knife in the Water / Roman Polanski (Kanawha)
  15. The Great Escape / John Sturges (United Artists)
  16. The Haunting / Robert Wise (MGM)
  17. Charade / Stanley Donen (Universal)
  18. The Trial / Orson Welles (Astor)
  19. Cleopatra / Various Directors (20th Century Fox)
  20. The Nutty Professor / Jerry Lewis (Paramount)
  21. Pigs and Battleships / Shôhei Imamura (European Producers Intl.)
  22. Youth of the Beast / Seijun Suzuki (Nikkatsu)
  23. Fires on the Plain / Kon Ichikawa (Edward Harrison)
  24. This Sporting Life / Lindsay Anderson (Continental)
  25. Night Tide / Curtis Harrington (AIP)

1962

  1. Viridiana / Luis Bunuel (Kingsley-Intl.)
  2. Eyes Without a Face / Georges Franju (Lopert)
  3. Last Year at Marienbad / Alain Resnais (Astor)
  4. Peeping Tom / Michael Powell (Astor)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia / David Lean (Columbia)
  6. Cleo from 5 to 7 / Agnès Varda (Zenith Intl.)
  7. Jules and Jim / François Truffaut (Janus)
  8. L’Eclisse / Michaelangelo Antonioni (Times)
  9. Through a Glass Darkly / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  10. The Manchurian Candidate / John Frankenheimer (United Artists)
  11. Advise and Consent / Otto Preminger (Columbia)
  12. Good Morning / Yasujirô Ozu (?)
  13. Lolita / Stanley Kubrick (MGM)
  14. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / John Ford (Paramount)
  15. Hatari! / Howard Hawks (Paramount)
  16. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner / Tony Richardson (Continental)
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird / Robert Mulligan (Universal)
  18. Divorce Italian Style / Pietro Germi (Embassy)
  19. Lola / Jacques Demy (Around the World)
  20. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane / Robert Aldrich (Warner Bros.)
  21. Carnival of Souls / Herk Harvey (Herts-Lion Intl.)
  22. The Connection / Shirley Clarke (Around the World)
  23. Anticipation of the Night / Stan Brakhage (Canyon)
  24. Testament of Orpheus / Jean Cocteau (Around the World)
  25. The Iron Gate / Youssef Chahine (?)

1961

  1. Breathless / Jean-Luc Godard (Around the World)
  2. L’Avventura / Michelangelo Antonioni (Janus)
  3. La Dolce Vita / Federico Fellini (Astor)
  4. The Innocents / Jack Clayton (20th Century Fox)
  5. West Side Story / Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise (United Artists)
  6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Blake Edwards (Paramount)
  7. Yôjimbô / Akira Kurosawa (Seneca)
  8. Accattone / Pier Paolo Pasolini (?)
  9. The Young One / Luis Buñuel (Valiant)
  10. Elevator to the Gallows / Louis Malle (Janus)
  11. Rocco and His Brothers / Luchino Visconti (Astor)
  12. Splendor in the Grass / Elia Kazan (Warner Bros.)
  13. The Hustler / Robert Rossen (20th Century Fox)
  14. Underworld U.S.A. / Samuel Fuller (Columbia)
  15. Judgment at Nuremberg / Stanley Kramer (United Artists)
  16. Blast of Silence / Allen Baron (Universal)
  17. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning / Karel Reisz (Continental)
  18. A Raisin in the Sun / Daniel Petrie (Columbia)
  19. The Ladies Man / Jerry Lewis (Paramount)
  20. King of Kings / Nicholas Ray (MGM)
  21. Black Sunday / Mario Bava (AIP)
  22. Ashes and Diamonds / Andrzej Wajda (Janus)
  23. Léon Morin, Priest / Jean-Pierre Melville (Lux Compagnie)
  24. Invention for Destruction / Karel Zeman (Warner Bros.w)
  25. The Ballad of Narayama / Keisuke Kinoshita (Around the World)

1960

  1. Psycho / Alfred Hitchcock (Paramount)
  2. The Apartment / Billy Wilder (United Artists)
  3. Hiroshima Mon Amour / Alain Resnais (Zenith Intl.)
  4. The Hidden Fortress / Akira Kurosawa (Albex)
  5. Spartacus / Stanley Kubrick (Universal)
  6. The World of Apu / Satyajit Ray (Edward Harrison)
  7. The Virgin Spring / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  8. The Cranes Are Flying / Mikhail Kalatozov (Warner Bros.)
  9. Tiger of Bengal / Fritz Lang (AIP)
  10. Les bonnes femmes / Claude Chabrol (?)
  11. The Housemaid / KimKi-young (?)
  12. Ballad of a Soldier / Grigoriy Chukhray (Kingsley-Intl.)
  13. Sergeant Rutledge / John Ford (Warner Bros.)
  14. Inherit the Wind / Stanley Kramer (United Artists)
  15. The Magnificent Seven / John Sturges (United Artists)
  16. Comanche Station / Budd Boetticher (Columbia)
  17. Wild River / Elia Kazan (20th Century Fox)
  18. Late Autumn / Yasujirô Ozu (Shôchiku)
  19. The Sun’s Burial / Nagisa Ôshima (Shôchiku)
  20. General Della Rovere / Roberto Rosellini (Continental)
  21. House of Usher / Roger Corman (AIP)
  22. Exodus / Otto Preminger (United Artists)
  23. Elmer Gantry / Richard Brooks (United Artists)
  24. The Rickshaw Man / Hiroshi Inagaki (Cory)
  25. The Wild, Wild Rose / Tian-Lin Wang (?)

1959

  1. The 400 Blows / Francois Truffaut (Zenith)
  2. Wild Strawberries / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  3. Rio Bravo / Howard Hawks (Warner Bros.)
  4. North by Northwest / Alfred Hitchcock (MGM)
  5. Ben-Hur / William Wyler (Loew’s)
  6. Black Orpheus / Marcel Camus (Lopert)
  7. Imitation of Life / Douglas Sirk (Universal)
  8. Floating Weeds / Yasujiro Ozu (Daiei)
  9. Some Like It Hot / Billy Wilder (United Artists)
  10. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love / Masaki Kobayashi (Brandon Films)
  11. Ivan the Terrible, Part II / Sergei Eisenstein (Janus)
  12. Plan 9 from Outer Space / Ed Wood (Valiant)
  13. Le Beau Serge / Claude Chabrol (United Motion Pictures Organization)
  14. Aparajito / Satyajit Ray (Edward Harrison)
  15. Street of Shame / Kenji Mizoguchi (Edward Harrison)
  16. Anatomy of a Murder / Otto Preminger (Columbia)
  17. Kagaaz Ke Phool / Guru Dutt (Ajanta)
  18. Touchez Pas au Grisbi / Jacques Becker (United Motion Pictures Organization)
  19. Day of the Outlaw / Andre de Toth (United Artists)
  20. Shadows / John Cassavettes (British Lion)
  21. Araya / Margot Benacerraf (Caroni Films)
  22. Pillow Talk / Michael Gordon (Universal)
  23. House on Haunted Hill / William Castle (Allied Artists)
  24. Sleeping Beauty / Clyde Geronimi & Various Directors (Buena Vista)
  25. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil / Ranald MacDougall (MGM)

1958

  1. Vertigo / Alfred Hitchcock (Paramount)
  2. Pather Panchali / Satyajit Ray (Edward Harrison)
  3. The Seventh Seal / Ingmar Bergman (Janus)
  4. I, a Negro / Jean Rouch (Films du Jeudi)
  5. Touch of Evil / Orson Welles (Universal International)
  6. Mon Oncle / Jacques Tati (Continental)
  7. Some Came Running / Vincente Minnelli (MGM)
  8. Man of the West / Anthony Mann (United Artists)
  9. Giants and Toys / Yasuzo Masumura (Daiei Studios)
  10. Equinox Flower / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  11. Curse of the Demon / Jacques Tourneur (Columbia)
  12. A Night to Remember / Roy Ward Baker (Rank)
  13. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / Richard Brooks (MGM)
  14. Death of a Cyclist / Juan Antonio Bardem (Janus)
  15. Bonjour Tristesse / Otto Preminger (Columbia)
  16. Bell, Book, and Candle / Richard Quine (Columbia)
  17. Buchanan Rides Alone / Budd Boetticher (Columbia)
  18. Gunman’s Walk / Phil Karlson (Columbia)
  19. A Flower in Hell / Shin Sang-ok (Seoul Films)
  20. Big Deal on Madonna Street / Mario Monicelli (Lux)
  21. Bitter Victory / Nicholas Ray (Columbia)
  22. The Last Day of Summer / Tadeusz Konwicki (KADR)
  23. The Lineup / Don Siegel (Columbia)
  24. Letter from Siberia / Chris Marker (?)
  25. Gigi / Vincente Minnelli (MGM)

1957

  1. Ordet / Carl Theodor Dreyer (Kingsley-International)
  2. 12 Angry Men / Sidney Lumet (United Artists)
  3. A Man Escaped / Robert Bresson (Continental)
  4. Paths of Glory / Stanley Kubrick (United Artists)
  5. A Bridge on the River Kwai / David Lean (Columbia)
  6. Pyaasa / Guru Dutt (Guru Dutt Films Ltd.)
  7. Sweet Smell of Success / Alexander Mackendrick (United Artists)
  8. The Tall T / Budd Boetticher (Columbia)
  9. Nights of Cabiria / Federico Fellini (Lopert)
  10. A Face in the Crowd / Elia Kazan (Warner Bros.)
  11. Mother India / Mehboob Khan (Mehboob Productions)
  12. 3:10 to Yuma / Delmer Daves (Columbia)
  13. A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era / Yuzo Kawashima (Nikkatsu)
  14. A King in New York / Charlie Chaplin (Archway)
  15. Tokyo Twilight / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  16. The Incredible Shrinking Man / Jack Arnold (Universal)
  17. The Blue Sky Maiden / Yasuzo Masumura (Daiei Studios)
  18. The Tarnished Angels / Douglas Sirk (Universal)
  19. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? / Frank Tashlin (20th Century Fox)
  20. Jailhouse Rock / Richard Thorpe (MGM)
  21. Smiles of a Summer Night / Ingmar Bergman (Rank Film Distributors of America)
  22. The White Reindeer / Erik Blomberg (Coronet)
  23. Forty Guns / Samuel Fuller (20th Century Fox)
  24. On the Bowery / Lionel Rogosin (Film Representations, Inc.)
  25. The Curse of Frankenstein / Terence Fisher (Warner Bros.)

1956

  1. Seven Samurai / Akira Kurosawa (Columbia)
  2. The Searchers / John Ford (Warner Bros.)
  3. Early Spring / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  4. Rififi / Jules Dassin (United Motion Picture Organization)
  5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers / Don Siegel (Allied Artists)
  6. Ikiru / Akira Kurosawa (Brandon)
  7. Awaara / Raj Kapoor (J. H. Hoffberg)
  8. Crazed Fruit / Ko Nakahira (Topaz)
  9. Tea and Sympathy / Vincente Minnelli (MGM)
  10. Written on the Wind / Douglas Sirk (Universal)
  11. French Cancan / Jean Renoir (United Motion Pictures Organization)
  12. The Burmese Harp / Kon Ichikawa (Nikkatsu)
  13. Bigger Than Life / Nicholas Ray (20th Century Fox)
  14. Forbidden Planet / Jean Renoir (MGM)
  15. La Strada / Federico Fellini (Trans Lux)
  16. The Killing / Stanley Kubrick (United Artists)
  17. Flowing / Mikio Naruse (Toho)
  18. The Ogre of Athens / Nikos Koundouros (Athens Film Company)
  19. Sawdust and Tinsel / Ingmar Bergman (Times)
  20. Seven Men from Now / Budd Boetticher (Warner Bros.)
  21. Princess Yang Kwei Fei / Kenji Mizoguchi (Buena Vista)
  22. Death in the Garden / Luis Bunuel (Cinedis)
  23. La Point-Courte / Agnes Varda (Cine-Tamaris)
  24. The Ten Commandments / Cecil B. DeMille (Paramount)
  25. The Silent World / Louis Malle & Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Columbia)

1955

  1. The Wages of Fear / Henri-Georges Clouzot (DCA)
  2. Sansho the Bailiff / Kenji Mizoguchi (Daiei)
  3. All that Heaven Allows / Douglas Sirk (Universal)
  4. Umberto D / Vittorio De Sica (Joseph Burstyn)
  5. Night of the Hunter / Charles Laughton (United Artists)
  6. Journey to Italy / Roberto Rossellini (Fine Arts)
  7. Floating Clouds / Mikio Naruse (Toho)
  8. Kiss Me Deadly / Robert Aldrich (United Artists)
  9. Lola Montes / Max Ophuls (Gamma)
  10. Rebel Without a Cause / Nicholas Ray (Warner Bros.)
  11. El / Luis Bunuel (Omnifilms)
  12. Diabolique / Henri-Georges Clouzot (United Motion Picture Organization)
  13. Artists and Models / Frank Tashlin (Paramount)
  14. Mr. Arkadin / Orson Welles (Chamartin)
  15. Senso / Luchino Visconti (Lux)
  16. The Man from Laramie / Anthony Mann (Columbia)
  17. The Long Gray Line / John Ford (Columbia)
  18. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto / Hiroshi Inagaki (Fine Arts)
  19. Le Amiche / Michelangelo Antonioni (Titanus)
  20. Bad Day at Black Rock / John Sturges (MGM)
  21. Tennessee’s Partner / Allan Dwan (RKO)
  22. Othello / Orson Welles (United Artists)
  23. Moonfleet / Fritz Lang (MGM)
  24. It’s Always Fair Weather / Stanley Donen (MGM)
  25. The Phenix City Story / Phil Karlson (Allied Artists)

1954

  1. The Earrings of Madame de… / Max Ophuls (Arlan)
  2. Rear Window / Alfred Hitchcock (Paramount)
  3. Ugetsu / Kenji Mizoguchi (Daiei)
  4. Diary of a Country Priest / Robert Bresson (Brandon)
  5. Godzilla / Ishiro Honda (Toho)
  6. Johnny Guitar / Nicholas Ray (Republic)
  7. On the Waterfront / Elia Kazan (Columbia)
  8. A Star is Born / George Cukor (Warner Bros.)
  9. La Ronde / Max Ophuls (Commercial)
  10. Late Chrysanthemums / Mikio Naruse (Toho)
  11. Anatahan / Josef von Sternberg (Arias)
  12. The Crucified Lovers / Kenji Mizoguchi (Daiei)
  13. Le Plaisir / Max Ophuls (Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley)
  14. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday / Jacques Tati (GBD International)
  15. Twenty-four Eyes / Keisuke Kinoshita (Shochiku)
  16. Magnificent Obsession / Douglas Sirk (Universal)
  17. Europa ’51 / Roberto Rossellini (I.F.E.)
  18. Riot in Cell Block 11 / Don Siegel (Allied Artists)
  19. Gate of Hell / Teinosuki Kinugasa (Edward Harrison)
  20. The Golden Coach / Jean Renoir (I.F.E.)
  21. Creature from the Black Lagoon / Jack Arnold (Universal)
  22. Dial M for Murder / Alfred Hitchcock (Warner Brothers)
  23. Salt of the Earth / Herbert J. Biberman (Independent)
  24. Silver Lode / Allan Dwan (RKO)
  25. Drive a Crooked Road / Richard Quine (Columbia)

1953

  1. Tokyo Story / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  2. The Big Heat / Fritz Lang (Columbia)
  3. The Bigamist / Ida Lupino (Filmakers Releasing Organization)
  4. Pickup on South Street / Samuel Fuller (20th Century Fox)
  5. The Band Wagon / Vincent Minnelli (MGM)
  6. The Naked Spur / Anthony Mann (MGM)
  7. Roman Holiday / William Wyler (Paramount)
  8. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T / Roy Rowland (Columbia)
  9. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes / Howard Hawks (20th Century Fox)
  10. Angel Face / Otto Preminger (RKO)
  11. Shane / George Stevens (Paramount)
  12. From Here to Eternity / Fred Zinnemann (Columbia)
  13. Little Fugitive / Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin (Joseph Burstyn)
  14. The Hitch-Hiker / Ida Lupino (RKO)
  15. The Sun Shines Bright / John Ford (Republic)
  16. It Came from Outer Space / Jack Arnold (Universal)
  17. A Geisha / Kenji Mizoguchi (Daiei)
  18. The War of the Worlds / Byron Haskin (Paramount)
  19. House of Wax / Andre de Toth (Warner Bros.)
  20. Rue de l’Estrapade / Jacques Becker (Cinedis)
  21. The Black Vampire / Roman Vinaly Barreto (Argentina Sono)
  22. Beat the Devil / John Huston (United Artists)
  23. Love Letter / Kinuyo Tanaka (Shintoho)
  24. Welcome, Mr. Marshall / Luis Garcia Berlanga (Mercurio)
  25. All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story / George C. Stoney (Georgia Department of Public Health)

1952

  1. Singin’ in the Rain / Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly (Loew’s)
  2. Limelight / Charles Chaplin (United Artists)
  3. The Life of Oharu / Kenji Mizoguchi (Toho)
  4. The Flowers of St. Francis / Roberto Rossellini (Joseph Burstyn)
  5. The Quiet Man / John Ford (Republic)
  6. The Lusty Men / Nicholas Ray (RKO)
  7. The Bad and the Beautiful / Vincent Minnelli (MGM)
  8. Les Enfants Terrible / Jean-Pierre Melville (Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley)
  9. Clash by Night / Fritz Lang (RKO)
  10. High Noon / Fred Zinnemann (United Artists)
  11. The Young and the Damned / Luis Bunuel (Azteca)
  12. Children of Hiroshima / Kaneto Shindo (Hokusei)
  13. Jour de Fete / Jacques Tati (Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley)
  14. Forbidden Games / Rene Clement (Times)
  15. The Small Back Room / Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell (Snader)
  16. The Big Sky / Howard Hawks (RKO)
  17. The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  18. Casque d’Or / Jacques Becker (DisCina)
  19. The Man in the White Suit / Alexander Mackendrick (Universal)
  20. Monkey Business / Howard Hawks (20th Century Fox)
  21. Ruby Gentry / King Vidor (20th Century Fox)
  22. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie / Henry King (20th Century Fox)
  23. Miss Julie / Alf Sjoberg (Trans Global)
  24. My Son John / Leo McCarey (Paramount)
  25. The Narrow Margin / Richard Fleischer (RKO)

1951

  1. The Steel Helmet / Samuel Fuller (Lippert)
  2. Rashomon / Akira Kurosawa (RKO)
  3. A Streetcar Named Desire / Elia Kazan (Warner Bros.)
  4. The Tales of Hoffman / Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell (Lopert)
  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still / Robert Wise (20the Century Fox)
  6. Strangers on a Train / Alfred Hitchcock (Warner Bros.)
  7. Ace in the Hole / Billy Wilder (Paramount)
  8. The Thing from Another World / Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks (RKO)
  9. The River / Jean Renoir (United Artists)
  10. On Dangerous Ground / Nicholas Ray & Ida Lupino (RKO)
  11. Early Summer / Yasujiro Ozu (Shochiku)
  12. Miracle in Milan / Vittorio De Sica (Joseph Burstyn)
  13. The Prowler / Joseph Losey (United Artists)
  14. Venom and Eternity / Isidore Isou (Films M.-G. Guillemin)
  15. The African Queen / John Huston (United Artists)
  16. The Lavender Hill Mob / Charles Crichton (Universal)
  17. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman / Albert Lewin (MGM)
  18. Repast / Mikio Naruse (Toho)
  19. An American in Paris / Vincent Minnelli (MGM)
  20. The Browning Version / Anthony Asquith (Universal)
  21. Aventurera / Alberto Gout (Azteca Films)
  22. Alice in Wonderland / Clyde Geronimi & Various Directors (RKO)
  23. Poison / Sacha Guitry (Gaumont)
  24. A Place in the Sun / George Stevens (Paramount)
  25. He Ran All the Way / John Berry (United Artists)

1950

  1. Orpheus / Jean Cocteau (DisCina)
  2. Sunset Boulevard / Billy Wilder (Paramount)
  3. Night and the City / Jules Dassin (20th Century Fox)
  4. Stromboli / Roberto Rossellini (RKO)
  5. All About Eve / Joseph L. Mankiewicz (20th Century Fox)
  6. In a Lonely Place / Nicholas Ray (Columbia)
  7. Winchester ‘73 / Anthony Mann (Universal)
  8. Cinderella / Clyde Geronimi & Various Directors (RKO)
  9. A Day in the Country / Jean Renoir (Joseph Burstyn)
  10. Rio Grande / John Ford (Republic)
  11. Kind Hearts and Coronets / Robert Hamer (Eagle-Lion FIlms)
  12. Bitter Rice / Giuseppe De Dantis (Lux)
  13. The Asphalt Jungle / John Huston (Loew’s)
  14. Stars in My Crown / Jacques Tourneur (MGM)
  15. Gun Crazy / Joseph H. Lewis (United Artists)
  16. Wagon Master / John Ford (RKO)
  17. The Furies / Anthony Mann (Paramount)
  18. The Baron of Arizona / Samuel Fuller (Lippert)
  19. Girl with Hyacinths / Hasse Ekman (Terrafilm)
  20. Outrage / Ida Lupino (RKO)
  21. No Way Out / Joseph L. Mankiewicz (20th Century Fox)
  22. Panic in the Streets / Elia Kazan (20th Century Fox)
  23. Born Yesterday / George Cukor (Columbia)
  24. Where the Sidewalk Ends / Otto Preminger (20th Century Fox)
  25. The White-Haired Girl / Bin Wang and Choui Khoua (Changchun)

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